I'm going to discuss how to build up your 4000 watch time hours on youtube. It's not a lot if you get your videos right to get monetized on youtube, you need to have 4000 watch hours and 1000 subscribers. I'm gonna make a how to get 1000 subs video as well but this 4000 watch hours i personally think is slightly more of a challenge than 1000 subscribers.
1000 subscribers because I've done it a few times, it's not too difficult four thousand watch hours the best two ways three ways in fact i'm gonna put three in there because i think the third one's important as well. I'll move that to the front actually so stay to the end I'm going to save the best on the last. Number one is your thumbnails okay and i know this from experience i look at i mean in my own personal career where i've worked for other organizations i've worked as a data analyst so i love looking at youtube data.
1 Youtube Thumbnails
Having an analytical view of this i have analyzed all these stats and and figures that create results inside youtube and thumbnails are the difference on my videos for example between me getting 100 views on a video then the exact same video with a great thumbnail can get 500 to 1000 views, just through increasing click-through rate. Click-through rate on youtube is massive, so say for example you've got your list of youtube videos example you've got your list of youtube videos right and hang on a second let me just do a search quick let's just say flowers.
Look now you've got all of these videos that you can see with and through thumbnails okay but these thumbnails that come up in this list. You are most likely to click on the one that you find the most interesting okay so if i just do a thumbnail on one of my videos that looks great, might be slightly interesting it may be very well unrelated to the title and it may not be enticing enough to click through.
When there's five videos above my video and 15 videos below my video and someone's just scrolling up the list like this like you just seen which one are they gonna click on you need to get them to click on your video right, that's number one. also very major your title place vibrant colors in the thumbnail this is what's worked for me in the past.
When it's a vibrant like standout image inside the thumbnail that videos click-through rate just just shoots the video away past what i would have got if i just had a thumbnail of me like this doing nothing and unrelated like thumbnail there's no point. If you know how it should be done correctly and i've got countless videos that just hit a hundred views or under with just a thumbnail with just my face.
These are just doing nothing but then if i put some relevant text here not exactly the same as the title but so just some relevant text here inside the thumbnail for example or just even a thumbnail with like vibrant colors a cool picture that's clear. The little bit of text you know that's related to the title not exactly the same don't bore the people okay, they can already read the title for something different to the title maybe it's from the context of the video maybe what the video is about like one two three words inside thumbnail. You know that entices the the viewer to click onto your video and i've tested it and it's made like 500 to 1000 views of difference. So yeah definitely thumbnails are a big thing.
2. Youtube Studio Analytics Data
The second thing is researching what people are searching for? So this is a bit of like search engine optimization SEO or keyword research, i would say you would go into youtube ideally on a pc or laptop because you can't really gauge it on a phone and look at the search terms or the search suggestions and see what people on youtube are actually looking for. Mostly people are looking to learn things so you've got the entertainment side of things if you're in the entertainment field look at what the trend is at the moment.
For example someone might be doing prank challenges or jokes or what the other youtubers are doing like follow that kind of but for to you to know if you're making videos like i do help people learn things then search for like for example i'll be i'm gonna start making videos on photo editing image editing graphic design stuff like that see what people are searching for what apps are they using what software are they using for example lightroom mobile is a video that i made recently and the tutorials and the learning space that they've got in there just discussing that so people were searching for that kind of content.
That's why i made that video and hence i'm starting to trickle in some views on that video and hopefully that will continue you know just searching for what's being looked for by your target audience and that usually comes up in the search suggestion so when you start typing something in the top bar on youtube or google let's see if i can do it on my phone. It will give you search suggestions so yeah here they are look these i've typed in flowers at the top i don't know if you can see that properly these are suggestions so as soon as i type that in it's giving me these other suggestions.
As soon as you start typing in the search bar on youtube it'll give you these suggestions right so you know that's the second one so like make videos with along the titles of those are titled with those search suggestions that you get in that list as soon as you start typing something. Because that's what people are searching for you know google, who owns youtube as well he's trying to tell you or show you this is what people are typing in to because people are only going to search for what they type in right and then go into those list of videos.
This is an action plan that i'm giving you three steps but this is an actual plan to build up your watch time on your videos guaranteed to work i've seen other youtubers use it i've used it myself as well on my own my other people's channels and advise other people to use it as well. It's worked for them so you know that is i'm gonna get back to my channel thought so you go into the list after you've found what's popular or what people are searching for and then you look at what the competition's like.
Say another youtuber made a video two or three years ago and all the videos are two or three years old so well that's a great opportunity for maybe a fresh video if they got a lot of views in the past so maybe someone who's watching those old videos and only finding old videos that two three years old a fresh video will be your video so that'll be a good opportunity the third thing and this is major because i want to start using this myself right i only just remembered this and refreshed on it.
3 Trend Setter
The third way and the best to last so keep watching make sure you watch to the end make sure you subscribe as well and leave a comment below to let me know what you're doing let me know about your channel. See what's going on i'm interested in seeing what what everyone else is doing on youtube and connecting with you guys.
So the third and most valuable is go on to youtube in the niche that you you're looking in looking to make videos in and do a search and filter by videos that were uploaded in the last month one month okay this is crucial right so you want videos that are people have uploaded in the last four to five weeks. Okay the last month then when you're looking down the list right you want to pick videos, do this on the laptop or a pc because it's easier right.
You can see everything you want to pick videos that have got a small amount of subscribers but a large amount of views so say for example a channel with a thousand subscribers but the video's got 150,000 views that is what you're looking for so the videos got the channels only got a thousand subs. Yhe video was uploaded in the last month right but it's managed to get 150,000 views.
So what that shows you the views are not coming from the subscribers on youtube channel itself but that the channel has got the views coming from direct searches people are searching for that thing and that is a hot topic on youtube right now. I'm going to start using this strategy especially because i already implement the other two anyway but i'm gonna start using this strategy on my own channel and other channels and just see how that goes. It will be the one that's that's gonna be the big ticket because those views are coming in and you know you know that it's a hot topic people are searching for it and it's the best way to go forward so with that i hope i explained that properly and wish you tons of success.
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